The Prisoner Inside

Love wears an anklet
The murderer, a smile

Returning eyes reflect empty rooms
And a familiar distance
So I bury me deep
Two way mirrors
And I watch you

Still I do nothing
So neither do you

The part of me that’s free
Hides the prisoner inside

Oracles and soothsayers
Couldn’t divine
Our change of heart
Only historians can chronicle
What is left behind

This is what’s real

And these fresh water tears
Are just rain on my face
Drying in the sun.

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Something a little different for me I think. Maybe I do have a sensitive side after all.


  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerabout 5 years ago

    so full of melancholy… the ending is slamming…

    And these fresh water tears
    Are just rain on my face
    Drying in the sun.

    love it.

  • Thanks ShadowDancer, I appreciate the props.

    – Wordslinger

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 5 years ago

    I see the hiding…and I feel the hurt….only to find a key to unlock that prisoner …

  • Yeah well the funny thing about that is the prisoner isn’t really a prisoner. There is no key. deep huh?

    – Wordslinger

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks again Matt.

    – Wordslinger

  • barnsy
    barnsyabout 5 years ago

    live life in present etc. like it x

  • Glad you liked it brother. Thanks.

    – Wordslinger

  • pagan
    paganabout 5 years ago

    i’m with sister shadowdancer… last three lines are where it’s at… perfect ending to an excellent piece…

  • Thanks gretchen, really appreciate your feedback. :)

    – Wordslinger

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesabout 5 years ago

    Wow Luke, this is truly poignant writing. I can feel it so deeply inside.
    “the part of me thats free hides the prisoner inside”
    The ending is brilliant and speaks to my heart.

  • Thanks Christie, I was in a weird place when I wrote it. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    – Wordslinger

  • mikeyartscape
    mikeyartscapeabout 5 years ago

    beautiful piece of writing mister and I love the tears that are so not hidden in you – :)

  • Thanks dude, I’m glad you felt it.

    – Wordslinger

  • whimsicalworks
    whimsicalworksover 1 year ago

    A moving and clever write.

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